Growing continuously together, Melbourne and the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building have been bringing people and ideas together for nearly 140 years. 

The Royal Exhibition Building

The jewel of our city's skyline, the Royal Exhibition Building opened in 1880 to house exhibitions, transform industry and encourage new ways of thinking.  Still proudly taking on this role, the building is now looking to the sky with the Australian Government awarding Museums Victoria a $20 million capital works project.  

Working to protect our legacy for future generations, award-winning historical architects Lovell Chen and heritage builders HBS Group, will deliver southern façade conservation works and the restoration of the 1880’s Dome Promenade, offering unparalleled 360-degree views.  This restored attraction will also include a lift, in the same location as the one installed for the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. 

When complete Museums Victoria will deliver improved daily access, including a multi-layered experience showcasing the building’s many unique stories.  Excitingly, for the first time we’ll also be spotlighting the exquisite art collection of 19th-century businessman John Twycross. 

Protecting and promoting Melbourne's heart, Museums Victoria looks forward to sharing the next chapter of the Royal Exhibition Building with you.

For further information on the Royal Exhibition Building Protection and Promotion Project, please contact the media team on 0466 622 621 or email us at [email protected]

Project overview

Final Scope ($20 million)

  • Southern façade conservation works
  • Conservation repairs to the dome, cupola and drum
  • Dome Promenade Experience
  • Basement works with a new public entry


Who is funding the Project?

The Australian Government has committed $20 million (AUD) to the protection and promotion of the Royal Exhibition Building.

When will the redevelopment be completed?

The redevelopment will be completed by 2021.

How can I get involved?

You can have your say on the Royal Exhibition Building website or Facebook page, via email and at Museums Victoria.

Who is managing the project?

The Project is being governed by the Department of Environment and Energy, Heritage Victoria, Creative Victoria and Museums Victoria.

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